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Hot temperatures make dangerous hiking conditions

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – Officials are warning hikers after the death of an 18-year-old in Julian.

CBS News 8 caught up with some hikers at Mission Trails Wednesday who came prepared for the hot weather. Doris Henderson got an early start to her day, saying she wanted to hike before it really started to heat up.

"I would encourage people to come out early to beat the heat," she said.

Meteorologists say temps could get into the upper 80s in San Diego Wednesday. Hot or not, when you're outdoors, water is essential.

"Lots of water, always bring water," Henderson said.

Hiking experts say take twice as much water as you think you'll need. A gallon per day is recommended, but more could be needed depending on activity. Also, make sure you know where you are going.

"Kept my cell phone with me. I've hiked this trail several times. Let someone know where you are going before you go," hiker Bethany Brown said.

Clothing is also important.

"Wear light clothing. Wear a hat, and come early," Brown said.

On Tuesday, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department says an 18-year-old woman was stricken with some type of heat-related ailment while hiking at the Three Sisters Falls trailhead near Julian and later died at a hospital.

As a reminder, it's the simple yet essential things that can prevent heat stroke or heat exhaustion and end up saving your life during the dog days of summer.

The symptoms of heat related illness can include:

-- Nausea,

-- Headaches,

-- Fatigue,

-- Cramps, and

-- Fainting, just to name a few.

If a person is experiencing any heat exhaustion symptoms, get medical care immediately. Any delay could be fatal.

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